Intuition Session Including Ego Identity to Field Identity
Intuition (Part 1) - From Ego Identity to Field Identity
Convener: Sharon Franquemont
Notes-taker(s): Sharon Franquemont
Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:
Intuition: Definition, Intueri Latin for to know all at once.
- Our understanding of intuition.
- Intuitions arise out of a base of information and knowledge already acquired, e.g. Mozart doesn’t intuit DNA molecules, athlete doesn’t intuit mathematical formulas
- People often describe the source of intuition in body-based terms, e.g. “my gut (most often used by men) or my heart (most often used by women) told me.” Neuropeptides (protein-like molecules used by neurons to communicate) in gut and heart similar to brain
- End of seeing intelligence as arising from the ability of ‘human containers’ to spit out information. Intelligence, to some degree, is the ability to take information in and spill it out directly or in new arrangements
- Living in sea of information discernment of inquiry and identifying most useful direction becomes important
- God’s importance is brought up…definition of God as a distributed force or a parent figure, e.g. what is role of God or spirit concept in intuition
Discussion 2. Patanjali’s question thousands of years ago: How does anyone know anything?
His answer: 4 Stages of Knowing.
1. Physical knowledge: appearance, touch, hearing, etc. through the senses knowing (Data)
2. Associative knowledge: understandings based on previous experience and relationship (Information—relational)
3. Meaning knowledge: intention, purpose found in people, organizations, things, events
4. Unity knowledge, oneness between knower and know (example is famous turn of 20th C. mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who solved equations, but could not provide proofs. He had little formal education in mathematics, became the youngest person to be inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society at Cambridge, and his formulas are being used today to explore of black holes. 2015 movie about his life is The Man Who Knew Infinity. He explained that his solutions came from the Goddess he worshipped and said, “An equation has no meaning, unless it represents a thought of God.”
Discussion 3. Practices to enhance intuition
- Western views of how wisdom arises.
- Greek: Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, is born out of the head of her father Zeus, emphasis on male and intellect
- Roman: Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, is born out of the womb of her mother Sige, the Goddess of Silence, emphasis on female and silence. Practice: to bring balance to your intellect increase your practice of silence (not just verbal—mental, emotional, body silence) in a conscious, daily way.
- Adopt full body knowledge—See body as an information field.
- Check with gut: Japanese call this your haragei and no successful business person makes a decision without consulting his or her haragei.
- Check with heart: Many people refer to this as “it feels right” or “it feels wrong”
- Alignment with intellect, heart, gut and whole body is most effective.